Organisers of the next World Cup in Qatar have urged football organisations and television networks to take action against illegal streams by a network said to be located in Saudi Arabia.
Qatar-based beIN Media has the Middle East and North Africa rights to broadcast from the current tournament in Russia but the diplomatic dispute and trade ban between Qatar and countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates means beIN broadcasts are no longer seen everywhere.
Instead, an entity named beoutQ has been streaming games from Russia in Saudi Arabia, using beIN's signal and that of other rightsholders.
"Everybody should take a stand, all broadcasters even if they have not been affected should take a stand. All federations should take a stand," Nasser al-Khater, assistant secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), told international media in Moscow.
Football's ruling body FIFA has accused beoutQ of "illegally" distributing coverage, and Europe's UEFA has also condemned the action along with beIN and other networks.
"Any infringement on any broadcaster's rights that they paid a lot of money for to get the rights - they put a lot of money into production, they put a lot of money into bringing a picture to the fans that is entertaining and engaging - it's absolutely not fair," al-Khater said.
"We should not forget that for all federations TV is bread and butter. I think there should be a very unified and firm stand on this."
beoutQ and Saudi Arabia have refuted all the allegations which have now also spilled over to illegal broadcasts of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
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